The Panola College Fillies closed out their regular season Saturday with a thrilling 5-set victory over #19 Blinn College (22-25, 25-14, 25-22, 11-25, 15-13) and a sweep of Temple College (25-13, 25-17, 25-17).
Against Blinn, the Fillies were led offensively by the trio of Daphinie Correa, Thaynara Godoi, and MiKayla Ware. Correa and Ware pounded out 15 kills each, with Godoi adding 13. Correa was also a force at the net with 4 solo blocks and 3 assists. The setting duo of Molly Harris and Bri McGown dished out 49 total assists, 25 and 24 respectively, while Ware boasted another double-double adding 10 digs to her 15 kills. Hannah Ramirez came up big for the Fillies with 23 digs, many of which came against the NJCAA kills leader Shelby Sheets.
In their second match of the day, Panola was once again led by Correa who notched 10 kills and Riley Seegers who added 7 kills on .500 hitting. At the net, Correa and Carol Santana were a force with 3 block assists apiece. Harris and McGown dished out 15 assists each and McGown added 2 service aces. MiKayla Ware and Hannah Ramirez anchored the floor defense with 9 digs each, while Sabrina de Lima added 8 of her own.
"We battled through adversity today," said Panola head coach Amber McCray.
"This was a great test for our team heading into a tough regional tournament, and I'm proud of the way we stepped up."
Panola finishes the regular season 25-6 overall and currently ranked 15th nationally heading into the Region XIV Tournament as the fourth seed from the North. PC is set to play Wharton College Thursday at 7pm.
(Photo Credit: Kraig Cain)